BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The subject invention relates to a roulette game with a bonus payout.
2. Description of the Prior Art
The game of roulette is well known and is played by rotating a roulette wheel having a circular periphery and a plurality of ball receptor pockets each having a different number and disposed about the circular periphery thereof and moving a ball about a ball track above the pockets for falling into one of the pockets by chance to determine a winning roulette number. The players may place an inside bet on any one of thirty-eight roulette numbers 1-36, 0 and 00 and an outside bet on any one of EVEN, ODD, RED, BLACK, 1-12, 13-24 and 25-36. Many operators have tried to switch from double zero (00) roulette wheels to single zero (0) wheels in order to increase play at the roulette tables. The players are encouraged because the double zero roulette table has a house advantage nearly double the house advantage for a single zero roulette table.
In addition, various enhancements or add-ons to roulette have been developed to increase participation. Examples of such are described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,540,442 to Orselli et al., U.S. Pat. No. 5,588,650 to Eman et al., U.S. Pat. No. 5,743,798 to Adams et al., and U.S. Pat. No. 6,059,659 to Busch et al.
However, all of these enhancements contain at least one of the following characteristics:
a. the award of a progressive jackpot prize
b. the stipulation that the jackpot prize be won only by a ‘straight-up’ bet
c. the house advantage remains fixed at 5.26% for a ‘00’ game and 2.7% for a ‘0’ game
d. the obligatory placing of an additional bet
e. the additional bet being of a fixed denomination
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION AND ADVANTAGES
Accordingly, it is an object of the subject invention to provide a roulette game with the following characteristics:
a. The awarding of ‘bonus’ prizes which are not part of a ‘progressive’ jackpot.
b. The bonus prizes are not confined to ‘straight-up’ bets, and are won by any winning bet on the layout (i.e. splits, corners, odd, even etc.).
c. The house advantage is not fixed at 5.26% (‘00’) or 2.7% (‘0), and may be configured to any % the house wants.
d. An additional bet is optional, not mandatory.
e. The additional bet may be of whatever denomination the player chooses.
The invention provides a method of playing roulette comprising the steps of placing roulette bets by at least one player, rotating a roulette wheel having a circular periphery and a plurality of ball receptor pockets each having a different number and disposed about the circular periphery thereof, and moving a ball about a ball track above the pockets for falling into one of the pockets by chance to determine a winning roulette number. The method is characterized by
a. randomly selecting a plurality of numbers from 1-38, to determine a Bonus game, either using a Random Number Generator or a Time-based formula
b. randomly selecting a plurality of numbers, such plurality being equal to the number of player positions available at the table, e.g. from 1-7 in a 7-player game, 1-6 in a 6-player game, to determine a player position, either using a Random Number Generator or a Time-based formula
c. offering a bonus prize to said player, such prize determined randomly by the winning number of the roulette wheel
d. paying the bonus prize to any and all of selected player's winning bets
The invention also provides an assembly for use with a roulette wheel that is characterized by a processor 22 for a. randomly selecting a plurality of numbers from 1-38 as bonus game numbers, b. randomly selecting a plurality of numbers from 1-7 (in a 7-player game), to determine a player position, c. offering a bonus prize determined by the winning number of the roulette wheel.
The invention also provides an assembly for use with a roulette wheel that is characterized by a Sign 23 for
a. displaying the selected winning player position
b. displaying the bonus prize
c. announcing via an audible alert that a Bonus Game is in effect
d. displaying the previous sequence of winning numbers
The invention also provides an assembly for use with a roulette wheel that is characterized by a chip rack 24 for
a. displaying the positions of all the players at the table via a colored wheelcheck representing each player's different wheelcheck color
b. displaying the value of each of the players' wheelchecks via a denomination marker (lammer)
c. containing an adjacent section for additional bets indicating the player's participation in the Bonus Game, and subsequent eligibility for prizes being awarded
d. such chip rack being an optional assembly if the house wishes to charge players a ‘fee’ for participating in the Bonus Game.
e. such ‘fee’ being one wheelcheck or chip that the player is currently using
Accordingly, the subject invention increases the enjoyment and excitement of a standard roulette game by offering frequent and random payouts to a randomly selected player.